Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

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Paper Session #317
CE Offered: BACB
The Role of Neurodiversity in Applied Behavior Analysis: Past, Present, and Future
Sunday, May 29, 2022
4:00 PM–4:25 PM
Meeting Level 2; Room 254B
Area: AUT
Instruction Level: Basic
Chair: Emily Wade (Tropical Behavioral Services/Positive Behavior Supports)
CE Instructor: Emily Wade, M.A.

The Role of Neurodiversity in Applied Behavior Analysis: Past, Present, and Future

Domain: Theory
EMILY WADE (Tropical Behavioral Services/Positive Behavior Supports)

The neurodiversity movement encompasses the majority of the clients we serve and is notoriously critical of the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. However, it is possible to bridge this gap by understanding what neurodiversity is and incorporating this concept into our practice. Doing so will enable us to provide services which are truly meaningful and impactful for the people we serve while still preserving the principles of our science. Mending this rift will help maintain the sustainability of our field by aligning with the movement toward compassionate and trauma-informed care.

Target Audience:

The target audience is anyone practicing in the field of ABA. Practitioners and educators at all levels should be well-informed on this topic in order to incorporate it into their work.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Define the term neurodiversity and identify conditions which fall under this umbrella; (2) Identify at least 3 harmful constructs and assumptions within our society regarding neurodiversity; (3) Identify at least 3 ways the concept of neurodiversity can be incorporated into clinical practices.



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